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35mm lomo image
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There's a lot going on in this image. It's some 35mm lomo goodness. I am looking to produce some of the rich grain in my own digital images but am having trouble. Does anyone have any strategies or know of any tutorials to produce this kind of grainy effect.

I've been through the basics of generating noise but there has got to be some way to push those effects to an extreme to get something like what I've attached. Once I can get the grainy, pixelatedness I will need to go about producing bands, like the white one seen.

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Select your background copy layer and apply a blur – Filter>Blur>Motion Blur

Increase Contrast – Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Brightness and Contrast

Increase Saturation – Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Hue and Saturation

Create some grain by re-selecting your Background copy layer then do the following – Filter>Texture>Grain


What you also have is scratches, which can be done with brushes. And the bands can either be created with brushes as well or done by hand. But all that doesn't go beyond the usual tutorials you can easily google.

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Thanks for the response. I am working on it. The motion blur is a good tip. – captainill Nov 12 '12 at 6:44

There's a whole category "grain scan" products that are created for just this type of effect. They're produced by companies that actually scan exposed and developed films expressly for the purpose of capturing the grain pattern to replicate the effect of that specific film with a digital image. Most of these products are geared toward video production and are usually very expensive. Grain Snap is a company that sells a reasonably priced grain packages for still images, here's their grains and Lomo light leak combo pack which looks like it would give you mostly the effect you're looking for.

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And in fact they offer one item in exchange for a Facebook like: – e100 Nov 13 '12 at 16:38

I've searched for digital grain for months, and as you say, almost all of them are really expensive (IndieScans, GorillaGrain, and others).

Grainsnap offer a reasonable price, but you can find real grain patterns even cheaper; I use those from Eyesmeal at and they give professional results. Search for them, I think you can find a couple for free too.

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